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The Younger Brothers. Cole and Jim Younger, above, took up residence in La Honda in the 1860s when they were on the lam from the law. Along with their brother Jim, they were members of Jesse James's infamous gang. The men were renowned for their ruthlessness; it was said that during the Civil War, Cole Younger stacked several Yankee prisoners in front of a tree to see how many bodies his rifle's bullet would penetrate. Courtesy Redwood City Library.